The main aeromedical implications of glaucoma relate to the loss of visual fields. This is usually not realised by the affected individual until the loss is well advanced. It is a slow process that can be stopped by treatment following regular screening of intra ocular pressure and fundus assessment. In case of doubt Optical Computerised Tomography (OCT) can be performed to analyse the macula and the optic nerve. If glaucoma is suspected visual fields determination must be one.
Applicants who first present with a history of glaucoma or whom the ME suspects may have glaucoma, should provide:
Applicants who subsequently present with a history of glaucoma should provide, at each subsequent application:
An applicant with open angle glaucoma that is effectively treated, stable, with normal intraocular pressures, and no more than a small unilateral visual field deficit, not overlapping the contralateral blind spot, may be considered as having a condition that is not of aeromedical significance if: